Last season’s Seria A champion and runner-up – Juventus and A.S. Roma – had an opportunity to compete against each other before the commencement of the next year’s football season; the two Italian teams locked horns inside the Gillette stadium, Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA.
The game which was one of the matches in this year’s International Champions Cup ended one-one after ninety minutes, this was followed by penalty shoot-outs which Juventus won by scoring their five kicks while A.S. Roma lost one single kick – leaving the final score at 6-5 aggregates.
The opening five minutes was a balanced game, with neither side having clear dominance over the other.
Edin Dzeko wasted a chance to put Roma ahead in the fifth minute of the game – his flying kick on the ball inside the opponent’s eighteen yard box missed the goalpost narrowly.
As the game entered the first quarter of an hour, Roma were playing more attacking football than their opponent, who were still able to play the ball out of their half by dint of tidy inter-connecting passing themselves whenever they thwarted Roma’s offensive play.
The Old Lady gradually grew into the game ; their passes became more accurate and they started to attack Roma from the right flank where Juan Cuadrado was crossing dangerous balls into the opponent’s penalty box.
Mario Mandzukic failed in his attempt to sweep into the net a Cuadrado’s low cross from the right flank which found him at the edge of the opposite goalpost.
Mandzukic scored Juventus’ goal in the twenty eighth minute of the game. Alex Sandro, on sighting Mandzukic at an advanced position inside the opponent’s half, sent a pass to him that breached Roma’s off-side trap; Mandzukic latched onto the ball and skillfully got it round Alisson Becker before curling it into the net.
The second half resumed and both sides made changes as the game progressed.
Gonzalo Higuain failed to scored from a clear chance that came his way after Roma’s goalkeeper spilled a thunderous Alexandre kolarov’s free kick right in front of him; the Argentine international’s tame effort from the six yard box was caught by the good reflex response of Alisson Becker.
A Roma’s attacking play freed one of their player on the left flank, who successfully sent a low cross into Juventus’ six yard box that required a simple tap-in from an onrushing Edin Dzeko to enter into the net.
Kevin Strootman’s powerful shot outside Juventus’ eighteen yard box appeared to flying into the net when it took a deflection from the crossbar.
The entrance of fresh legs to both sides added more explosive actions to the game, but neither side was able to score till the final whistle.
At the end of regulation time, the match went straight into penalty shoot-out without the customary extra-time of thirty minutes.
Marco Tumminello, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Juan Manuel Iturbe, Cengiz Under and Bruno Peres took Roma’s penalty kick. Tumminello was the only Roma’s player whose penalty was saved by Juventus’ second half, Goalkeeper Carlo Pinsoglio.
Juventus’ players took their penalties in this order – Stephan Lichtsteiner , Andrea Barzagli , Federico Bernardeschi , Sami Khedira , Douglas Costa. And the five penalty takers all scored from the spot.
The Old lady won the match on 6-5 aggregates.